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Although Ric Sanders is best known as the fiddle player for Fairport Convention, he was also a member of one of the many incarnations of The Albion Band, one of Ashley Hutchings' on-going projects.

Ric has an amazing pedigree which shows his exceptional versatility. Ric was self taught, which makes it all the more surprising to find that this ace fiddler’s first professional gig was in 1973 with an experimental rock band - Stomu Yamash'ta And The Red Buddah Theatre.

What then followed was joining the darlings of the Canterbury prog rock scene, Soft Machine, in 1976. He appeared on the band's live album, 'Alive and Well' , recorded during a 1978 concert in Paris.

In 1980 Ric formed Second Vision, with guitarist John Ethridge, Mickey Baker on drums, and Dave Bristow on keyboards, releasing the album 'First Steps' .

Ric then opened his own recording studio, and recorded many top artistes from the folk world, including June Tabor and Martin Simpson. At the studio he also recorded his first solo album, 'Whenever', released in 1984.

Ric's name was becoming well known amongst the extended Fairport family, and in 1985 he was asked by Dave Pegg to play on an instrumental Fairport Convention album, 'Gladys' Leap'. He leaped at the chance , and twenty years on he’s still a member of Fairport Convention!

Ric released another solo album “Neither Time Nor Distance” in 1991. Ric also played jazz in a trio with Vikki Clayton (another Fairport connection!) on vocals, and Fred Thelonious Baker on drums - a live album, ' Carried Away' was released in 1995.

The current Ric Sanders Trio line up - percussion, guitar and acoustic fiddle - features Vo Fletcher and Michael Gregory. They cross boundaries and defy categorisation, with original compositions, folk tunes and some drastically re-worked Fairport Convention songs,. However, a typical performance also showcases works by jazz and fusion giants like Stephan Grappelli, John McLaughlin, Miles Davis combined with (for instance!) The Beatles, Hendrix, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.... and you’re not half way there yet!

Suffice to say each performance by The Ric Sanders Trio is different, exhilarating and breathtaking.

The Ric Sanders Trio supported by PJ. Wright appear at South Parade Pier on Saturday August 26th 2006,

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